I read an article the other day that had recently been published by a fairly popular Christian group. It was titled something along the lines of “Signs of a Fake Christian”. One of the ‘signs’ they listed was “you believe the Bible is more important than Jesus”. My jaw hit the floor! Let me explain why…
It is impossible to truly know Jesus without truly knowing the Word of God, because Jesus IS the Word of God (John 1:14 & Revelation 19:13) Without knowing the Bible we then develop a very misconstrued idea of who Jesus, and God, really are, and that’s how ‘religion’ and false doctrine gets birthed. Hence “…another Jesus…another spirit…” 2 Corinthians 11:4.
John 17:3, “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”
Remember years ago when the popular saying came out “What would Jesus Do?” WWJD? How is it possible for anyone to know what Jesus would truly do if they’ve never read God’s Word and found out what He really did, and IS STILL DOING? It’s impossible! We must become increasingly and more intimately acquainted with the very nature of Jesus = The Word of God.
The Apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 3:10 AMP, “[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope]”
This is the exact same attitude that every single Holy Spirit-filled Believer needs to have!...and it can ONLY be accomplished by fellowshipping with Jesus…fellowshipping with The Word of God through the teaching of the Holy Spirit. John 6:45a, “It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God…”
How can we call ourselves ‘believers’ if we don’t even know what we really believe? True believers have only ONE TRUTH, and that is the Word of God as a whole. Ephesians 4:20-21, “But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus”
2 Corinthians 5:16 AMP, “Consequently, from now on we estimate and regard no one from a [purely] human point of view [in terms of natural standards of value]. [No] even though we once did estimate Christ from a human view point and as a man, yet now [we have such knowledge of Him that] we know Him no longer [in terms of the flesh].”
One of the biggest problems that we have in Christianity today is that there are far too many Christians who only know Jesus in terms of the flesh. They only know Jesus as the man hanging on the cross, or the man walking in Galilee.
We MUST get the revelation that Jesus has been given “a more excellent ministry, by how much also He is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.” Hebrews 8:6.
John 7:37-39, “In the last day (we are in the last day), that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, AS THE SCRIPTURE HATH SAID, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.”
Keep in mind the very clear warning that Jesus gives in Matthew 7:21-23 to those who claim to know Him, but do not. “Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven (how can we do the will of the Father if we don’t know the will of the Father. The Word of God IS the will of God). Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”